John Stamos is heading back to San Francisco for the Full House sequel, Fuller House, on Netflix next summer. But before that happens he has a new show on FOX, Grandfathered.
The premiere opens with Jimmy (John Stamos), plucking a grey hair out with the most-played song over the last year “Uptown Funk” in the background. You then see a montage of Jimmy meeting and greeting guests in a restaurant, which you soon find out he owns. At the end of the montage, you hear Jimmy say how he wants a family, but then once a family shows up at his restaurant they are told that children are not allowed.
You find out very soon after the previously mentioned montage that Jimmy, who is a bachelor, actually does have a son. Gerald (Josh Peck), walks into Jimmy’s restaurant to let him know not only that but that Jimmy is also a grandfather. Of course, Jimmy is shocked and at a loss for words. He eventually comes around to the idea and wants to be in both of their lives.
Vanessa, played by Christina Milian, is then introduced as the mother to Gerald’s daughter. You discover that she still only wants to be friends with Gerald. Meanwhile, Gerald wants to date Vanessa, so he turns to his just-met-dad for pointers on how to make that happen. Paget Brewster, who plays Sara Kingsley, is Gerald’s mother and Jimmy’s ex from two decades ago. She starts out, understandably, still a little upset with Jimmy but comes around to the idea because her son wants his dad in his life. Both of these characters have minor roles in the series premiere, but you can definitely see that changing in future episodes, especially for Vanessa.
The movie Kramer vs. Kramer actually plays a significant part in the episode. Jimmy, Gerald, and Sara all watch the movie, with Jimmy being the only one unaffected by a particular scene. Later on in the episode, Jimmy ends up recreating that scene when his granddaughter has a 103-degree fever, running her through the streets to the hospital. That’s what this episode did a great job at. It set up Jimmy as a bachelor, but not a bad guy. They then let him grow a lot in one episode, to not being able to say the word “grandfather” to eventually saying it at the end.
Overall, Grandfathered was a solid series premiere, and FOX seemingly has a hit on their hands judging by just one episode. It was consistent throughout, and they did a great job of introducing each character without it seeming overbearing. It’s a show I will continue to watch due to the excellent cast, and the writing that the first episode had. I suggest you check it out, too.
Grandfathered airs Tuesday nights on FOX at 8 Eastern/7 Central